Premier League: Tomas Soucek heads earn West Ham draw against Brighton
Tomas Soucek’s late goal rescued some extent for West Ham against bogey side Brighton.
The below-par Hammers trailed twice at the London Stadium with a controversial Lewis Dunk strike looking set handy Brighton only a second win in 13 matches.
But Soucek struck with eight minutes remaining to grab a 2-2 draw for David Moyes’ side.
Nevertheless, the result extended Brighton’s hoodoo over the Hammers, who have still never managed to beat them within the Premier League.
Perhaps thereupon in mind West Ham appeared to found out to permit Brighton to stay the ball and hit them on the counter-attack.
But only the primary a part of the plan worked within the half with a front three of Sebastien Haller, Jarrod Bowen and, bizarrely, captain Mark Noble, not exactly renowned for his or her pace.
Brighton took the initiative and Danny Welbeck’s angled shot flew over within the second minute.
Then Solly March swung during a tempting cross from the left but Welbeck couldn’t get the crucial touch struggling from Angelo Ogbonna.
Adam Webster headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski and March hit he side-netting before also forcing a save from the Hammers keeper with a coffee drive from the sting of the box.
The visitors took a deserved lead a moment before half-time when Dan Burn overlapped down the left and crossed low into the box.
Declan Rice attempted to intercept the ball but succeeded only in putting it on a plate for Neal Maupay, who swivelled and tucked his shot past Fabianski.
Noble and Bowen were put out of their misery at half-time with Manuel Lanzini.
and Andriy Yarmolenko summoned from the bench.
West Ham didn’t have an attempt on track against Chelsea last Monday, nor within the half here.
So early within the last half , when Haller met Rice’s cross with a header straight at Robert Sanchez, it had been their first effort on track for 172 minutes.
The substitutions paid dividends on the hour mark when Yarmolenko crossed from the proper and Lanzini touched the ball into the trail of young full-back Ben Johnson, who calmly side-footed in his first goal for the club.
West Ham now looked within the ascendancy, but it had been Brighton who struck next.
Soucek’s attempted clearance from a corner seemed to hit Dunk on the forearm before he fired home, but after a lengthy VAR check the goal was given.
But Soucek got his revenge with eight minutes remaining. Amazingly, this point it had been Dunk’s clearing header which hit the Czech midfielder as he received the far post to bundle within the equaliser.